Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher (Poecilotriccus pulchellus)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tyrannidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Chontachaca, Cuzco

black-backed_tody-flycatcher
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Chontachaca, Cuzco

black-backed_tody-flycatcher
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Chontachaca, Cuzco

black-backed_tody-flycatcher
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Chontachaca, Cuzco


Identification & Behavior: ~9.5 cm (3.7 in). The male Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher has black wings, mantle, and head. The wing coverts are bright yellow with a rufous shoulder patch. The throat is white. The underparts are bright yellow. The iris is dark. The bill is black. The female is similar to the male but has an olive-green mantle. It forages in thick foliage at the understory of forest edges and second growth and is associated with patches of Guadua Bamboo.  It is similar to the Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher, but their ranges do not overlap.

Status: Endemic. The Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher is fairly common in humid montane forests of the southeast slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 400-1500 m.

Name in Spanish: Espatulilla de Dorso Negro.

Sub-species: Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher (Poecilotriccus pulchellus), (P. L. Sclater), 1874.

Meaning of Name: Poecilotriccus: Gr. poikilos= variegated and trikkos= unidentified small bird. pulchellus: L. pulcher, pulchra= beautiful, pulchellus= very pretty.

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Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2017.